CN1127408C - Method and apparatus for securing an ink container - Google Patents

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CN1127408C
CN1127408C CN 98803888 CN98803888A CN1127408C CN 1127408 C CN1127408 C CN 1127408C CN 98803888 CN98803888 CN 98803888 CN 98803888 A CN98803888 A CN 98803888A CN 1127408 C CN1127408 C CN 1127408C
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    • B41J2/175Ink supply systems ; Circuit parts therefor
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可替换的墨盒(12)用于向打印装置(86)供应墨水。 Replaceable ink container (12) for supplying ink to a printing apparatus (86). 相对墨盒插入到打印装置中的插入方向墨盒有前缘和后缘。 Opposite the insertion direction of the print cartridge is inserted into the cartridge means have leading and trailing edges. 墨盒包括设置在前缘上的流体出口(30),其构形用于与相应的打印装置流体入口(20)连接。 Ink container includes a fluid outlet (30) disposed on the leading edge, which is configured for connection to corresponding printing device fluid inlet (20). 墨盒还包括设置朝向后缘的啮合部件(62),它从墨盒的外表面向外伸展。 Further comprising a cartridge disposed towards the rear engagement part (62) edge, which extends outwardly from the outer surface of the ink cartridge. 该啮合部件的构形用于插入到与打印装置相连的凹形啮合部件(76)。 The engagement member is configured for insertion into the female engagement means connected to the printing member (76). 使墨盒合适地定位在打印装置内并被偏压在插入方向的反方向,与墨盒相连的啮合部件同与打印装置相连的凹形啮合部件啮合。 The ink container properly positioned within the printing apparatus in the reverse direction and is biased in the direction of insertion, the female engaging member associated with the ink of the printing apparatus is connected with the engaging means. 墨盒和打印机每个啮合部件的啮合保持流体出口与相应的打印装置流体入口啮合。 The printer cartridge and engagement member of each engaging a respective holding the fluid outlet engaging the fluid inlet of the printing apparatus.

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固定墨盒的方法和设备 Method and apparatus for fixing the ink container

发明的背景本发明涉及喷墨打印系统,尤其是,使用可替换的与打印头分离的墨盒的喷墨打印系统。 Background of the Invention The present invention relates to ink jet printing systems, in particular, the use of a separate printhead cartridge replaceable inkjet printing system.

欧洲专利申请EP-A-0765757公开了一种这样类型的喷墨打印系统。 European Patent Application EP-A-0765757 discloses one such type of ink jet printing systems. 欧洲专利申请EP-A-0765757公开了一个由墨盒和记录头组成的喷墨记录装置,该记录头固定到喷墨记录装置的滑动架上。 European Patent Application EP-A-0765757 discloses an ink jet recording apparatus of the ink cartridge and a recording head composed of the recording head is fixed to the carriage of the ink jet recording apparatus. 所述墨盒是可拆除地附接在记录头上的。 The cartridge is removably attached to the recording head. 墨盒设有一棘爪和一突起。 And a cartridge is provided with a detent projection. 记录头的保持件设有一直立件和弹簧件,所述墨盒用棘爪扣入该直立件及弹簧件钩在突起上而固定在记录头上的。 The holder of the recording head is provided with an upstanding member and a spring member, the ink cartridge with a snap into the upstanding ratchet member and the spring member is hooked on a projection is fixed to the recording head. 由于弹簧件的弹性,墨盒加一些压力于所述的记录头。 Due to the elasticity of the spring member, some of the pressure applied to the ink cartridge of the recording head. 日本专利摘要JP-A-3184873公开了另一喷墨打印系统,该专利摘要公开一种可插入一滑动架上的墨盒。 Japanese Patent Abstract JP-A-3184873 discloses another ink jet printing system, this patent discloses a summary of a carriage insertable cartridge. 该墨盒包括一具有一个沿导引部分的轨道部分之底面及安装在一板簧上的止挡件。 The ink cartridge comprises a bottom surface having a portion of a track along the guide portion and a stopper mounted on a leaf spring. 当墨盒插进所述的滑动架时,滑动架上的一根针件与墨盒上的一橡胶止挡件接合。 When the ink cartridge is inserted into the carriage, a rubber on a needle carriage stop member engaged with the ink container. 另外,借助于板簧的作用力,所述滑动架止挡件与将墨盒保持在滑动架上的墨盒10的止动部分接合。 Further, by means of the urging force of the plate spring, the carriage stopper held in engagement with the ink cartridge carriage stopper portion 10 of the ink cartridge.

喷墨打印机经常使用安装在滑动架的喷墨打印头,滑动架在打印介质、如纸上前后移动。 Inkjet printers are often installed in the ink jet print head carriage, the carriage moves back and forth a print medium, such as paper. 当移动打印头跨过打印介质时,控制系统触发打印头喷射或不喷墨水微滴到打印介质上,以便形成图像和内容。 When the print head moves across the print media, a control system triggers an inkjet printhead without ejecting or slightly water was dropped on a print medium to form an image, and content.

以前使用的打印机已经使用与打印头分离可替换的墨盒。 The printer has been used previously used replaceable cartridge separated from the print head. 当墨盒用完时拿掉旧墨盒换上新墨盒。 Remove the old cartridge replaced with a new ink cartridges when the ink runs out. 使用与打印头分离的可替换墨盒允许使用者替换墨盒而不需替换打印头。 Using separate from the printhead allow the user to replace the ink cartridge replaceable ink container without replacing the printhead. 在打印头寿命结束或将近结束时替换打印头,而不是在墨盒用完时。 Alternatively the printing head at the end or near the end of printhead life, and not when the ink cartridge runs out.

与打印头相隔一定空间的一种类型的墨盒公开在颁发给金米拉(Kimura)等人的美国专利4,558,326号中,题目是“用于喷墨记录设备的清洗系统”,公开了使用装有牢牢地密封的墨盒装的可替换墨盒座。 And are spaced from the print head cartridge of a type disclosed in the issued to Jin Mila (Kimura) et al., U.S. Patent No. 4,558,326, entitled "apparatus for cleaning an ink jet recording system", discloses the use with hermetically sealed cartridge installed replaceable cartridge holder. 金米拉使用加压空气有选择地加到墨盒架,加压墨盒袋从而迫使墨水通过记录头,将气泡或固体物质清洗出墨水的流路。 Jin Mila using pressurized air are selectively applied to the cartridge holder, the ink pressurized by the ink cartridge bag thereby forcing the recording head, air bubbles or solid matter from the ink flow path is purged. 另一种类型的墨盒架公开在颁发给罗斯贝克(Roseback)的美国专利4,568,954号中,题目是“墨盒架的制造方法和设备”。 U.S. Patent No. Another type of the cartridge holder disclosed in Ross issued to Baker (Roseback) of No. 4,568,954, entitled "Method and apparatus for manufacturing the ink container holder." 罗斯贝克的墨盒架是可加压的可替换墨盒架。 Ross Baker pressurizable ink container holder is replaceable cartridge holder.

对墨水储存系统一向有一种需求,既能为打印头提供高流速的墨水,从而可以高生产量打印。 The storage system of the ink has been a need to provide both a high flow rate ink print head, which can print a high productivity. 这种墨水供应系统应该是很合算,可以相对低成本地打印每页纸。 This ink supply system should be very cost-effective, relatively low cost per page printing paper. 此外,墨水供应源应该以可靠的方式向打印头提供高流速的墨水。 In addition, the ink supply should be provided in a reliable manner high flow rate of the ink to the print head.

这些墨水供应源应该很容易替换,和容易与打印装置形成可靠的流体连接,从而将会使打印装置可靠性降低的墨水溢出减低到最低限度或消失。 The ink supply should be easy to replace, and easy to form reliable fluid connection with the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus so that the reliability will be reduced to a minimum to reduce overflow of ink or disappear. 墨水供应源应能够构成附加的互相连接,如在打印装置和墨盒之间电气的和加压气体的互相连接。 Ink supply should be capable of constituting an additional interconnected, as connected to each other between the printing apparatus and an ink cartridge and electric pressurized gas.

本发明的概要可替换墨盒为打印装置提供墨水。 Summary of the present invention to provide an alternative ink cartridge to the printing apparatus. 相对将墨盒插入到打印装置中的插入方向,墨盒有前缘和后缘。 Opposite the insertion direction of the ink cartridge is inserted into the printing apparatus, the ink container has leading and trailing edges. 墨盒包括放置在前缘上的流体出口,其构形用于与相应打印装置的流体入口连接。 Ink container includes a fluid outlet disposed on the leading edge, which is configured for connection to the fluid inlet of the respective printing apparatus. 墨盒还包括设置朝向后缘的啮合件,它从墨盒的外表面向外伸展。 The ink cartridge further includes a rear edge disposed toward the engaging member, which extends outwardly from the outer surface of the ink cartridge. 啮合件的构形用于插入到与打印装置相连的凹形啮合件中。 The engagement member is configured for insertion into the female engaging member connected to the printing apparatus. 使墨盒适当地定位在打印装置中并偏置在插入方向的相反方向,与墨盒相连的啮合件与同打印装置相连的凹形啮合件啮合。 The ink container properly positioned in the opposite direction in the printing device and biased in the direction of insertion, the engagement member associated with the ink printing device connected to the female member engaging with the engagement. 每个墨盒和打印机上各啮合件的啮合保持流体出口与相应打印装置流体入口的啮合。 The engagement of the engaging member held in engagement with the respective printing fluid outlet of the fluid inlet means of each cartridge and the printer.

在一个优选的实施方案中,与墨盒相连的啮合件相对重力的坐标系向下伸展。 In a preferred embodiment, the engaging member connected with the ink container relative to gravity coordinate system extends downwardly. 在这个实施方案中与打印装置相连的凹形啮合件定义一个钩,其构形用于与同墨盒相连的啮合件啮合。 In this embodiment, the female engaging member connected to the printing device defines a hook, which is configured for engaging with the engaging member connected to the ink cartridge. 在这个实施方案中,墨盒包括加压气体入口电触点,用于与打印装置相连的各自相应的气体出口和电触点连接。 In this embodiment, the ink container includes a pressurized gas inlet electrical contacts for each corresponding gas outlet and electrical contacts connected to the printing apparatus is connected.

附图的简要描述图1是包括本发明墨盒的打印系统的示意图。 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a cartridge of the present invention, a schematic view of a printing system.

图2是图1打印系统的透视图。 FIG 2 is a perspective view of a printing system 1 of FIG.

图3是本发明墨盒前缘部分的透视图。 FIG 3 is a perspective view of the leading edge portion of the ink container of the present invention.

图4是本发明墨盒的侧面图。 FIG 4 is a side view of the cartridge of the present invention.

图5是墨盒接纳站的透视图,表示部分切除,并有一个安装的本发明墨盒。 FIG 5 is a perspective view of the ink container receiving station shown partially broken away, of the present invention and an ink cartridge installed.

图6是图5墨盒接纳站沿AA线取的剖面图,表示部分已切除。 FIG 6 is a sectional view of the ink container receiving station along line AA taken, a partially resected.

图7是本发明墨盒流体出口和空气入口的剖面图,表示各自与图5所示的墨盒接纳站相连的流体入口和空气出口啮合。 7 is a sectional view of the ink of the present invention, a fluid outlet and an air inlet, an air inlet and each represents a fluid is connected to the ink container receiving station shown in FIG. 5 outlet engagement.

图8A、8B、8C和8D是系列的侧面图,表示部分切除,说明本发明的墨盒插入和锁住在图5所示的接纳站中。 FIGS. 8A, 8B, 8C and 8D are a series of side view, shown partially broken away, of the present invention is described ink container is inserted and locked in the receiving station shown in FIG. 5.

图9A、9B、9C和9D是系列的平面图,表示部分切除,说明将本发明的墨盒从接纳站中拿出。 FIG 9A, 9B, 9C and 9D are plan views of the series, shown partially broken away, of the present invention will be described the ink container out of the receiving station.

优选实施方案的详细描述图1是包括本发明墨盒12的打印系统,打印设备或打印机10的示意表示。 Detailed Description of the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the ink cartridge 1 comprises a printing system 12, printing device or printer 10 is a schematic representation. 打印装置10中还包括打印头14和加压气体源如泵16。 Printing apparatus 10 further includes a print head 14 and a source of pressurized gas such as a pump 16. 通过导管18与泵16连接,用于提供加压气体如空气到墨盒12。 Connected by a conduit 18 and pump 16 for supplying pressurized gas such as air to the ink cartridge 12. 由墨盒12通过导管20向打印头14提供标记流体19,如墨水。 20 provides a marking fluid 19 such as ink from the ink cartridge to the print head 14 through the conduit 12. 从打印头14喷出这种标记流体从而完成打印。 Thereby completing the print head 14 is ejected from such a marking fluid.

本发明主题的墨盒12包括用于容纳墨水19的流体罐22,外壳24,和密封部分或帽26。 The subject matter of the present invention comprises a cartridge 12 for receiving an ink tank 19 of the fluid 22, housing 24, and the sealing portion or cap 26. 在优选的实施方案中帽26包括空气入口28,其构形用于与导管18连接,以便用空气加压外壳24。 In a preferred embodiment the cap 26 includes an air inlet 28, which is configured for connection to conduit 18, so that the housing 24 with pressurized air. 在帽26中还包括流体出口30。 In the cap 26 further includes a fluid outlet 30. 流体出口30的构形用于与导管20连接,以便在液体罐22和流体导管20之间提供流体的连通。 A fluid outlet configured for connection to conduit 30 is 20, to provide fluid communication between the liquid tank 22 and the fluid conduit 20.

在优选的实施方案中流体储液罐22是由柔性材料这样形成,使得对外壳的加压产生从流体储液罐22经过导管20到打印头14的加压墨水流。 Fluid reservoir 22 is formed of a flexible material such as In a preferred embodiment, the housing such that the pressurized fluid is generated from the reservoir 20 through the conduit 22 to the printhead 14 of pressurized ink flow. 使用流体储液罐22中墨水的加压源允许从流体储液罐22到打印头14有相对高的流体流速。 A pressurized fluid source 22 used in the ink reservoir allows the fluid from the reservoir 22 to the print head 14 has a relatively high fluid flow rate. 使用高的流体流速或高的墨水流速传送给打印头,使得打印系统10有可能进行高生产量的打印。 The use of high fluid flow rates or high ink flow to the print head, the printing system 10 so that it is possible to produce high-volume printing.

在优选的实施方案中,墨盒12也包括一组电触点,如将要相对图3进行详细描述那样,电触点提供墨盒12和打印机控制电子设备32之间的电气连接。 In a preferred embodiment, the ink cartridge 12 also includes a set of electrical contacts, as will be described in detail relative to FIG. 3 above, electrical contacts 12 provide an ink cartridge and the printer control electronics 32 between the electrical connection. 打印机控制电子设备32控制各种打印系统10的功能,如,但并不局限于此,打印头14起动配放墨水和泵16起动加压墨盒12。 The printer control electronics 32 controls various printing system 10 functions such as, but not limited to, the print head 14 and start dispensing pump 16 of the ink cartridge 12 starting pressurization. 在一个优选的实施方案中墨盒12包括信息存储装置34和墨水液面传感装置或墨水量传感装置36。 In a preferred embodiment the ink container 12 includes an information storage device 34 and the ink level sensing device or ink volume sensing device 36. 信息存储装置34对打印机控制电子设备提供信息,用于控制打印机10的参数,如墨盒12的体积和墨水的特征,还可举出几个。 The information storage device 34 provides information to the printer control electronics for controlling printer 10 parameters, and characteristics such as the volume of the ink cartridge 12, may include several. 墨水液面传感装置36向打印机控制电子设备32提供在墨盒12中当前墨水体积的相关信息。 Ink level sensing means 36 to the printer control electronics 32 provide information on the volume of the ink cartridge 12 of this.

图2说明以透视图表示的打印系统10的一个实施方案。 Figure 2 illustrates one embodiment of a perspective view showing the printing system 10. 打印系统10包括装有本发明一个或几个墨盒12的打印机架38。 10 includes a printing system of the present invention is provided with one or several cartridge holder 12 of the printer 38. 图2中表示的实施方案有4个相似的墨盒12。 Embodiment represented in FIG. 2 has four similar ink containers 12. 在这种实施方案中,每个墨盒包含不同颜色的墨水。 In such an embodiment, each cartridge containing a different color ink. 因此,通过从4个墨盒12向一个或几个打印头14提供深蓝、黄色、品红和黑色墨水可完成4色打印。 Thus, by providing cyan ink container 12 from the four to one or more print head 14, the yellow, magenta, and black inks may be completed four-color printing. 在打印机架38中还包括控制面板40,用于控制打印机10和介质槽42的操作,从介质槽喷出打印介质如纸。 In the printer frame 38 further includes a control panel 40 for controlling operation of the printer 10 and a media slot 42, a print medium such as paper is ejected from the media slot.

当每个墨盒12中的墨水19用完时,用包含新墨水的新墨盒12代替旧的墨盒12。 When the ink cartridge 19 in each of the 12 runs, with a new cartridge containing the new ink cartridge instead of the old 12 12. 此外,由于不是墨水用完的其他原因,如对要求不同墨水特性的应用改变墨水,或者用于不同的介质上,可以从打印机架38中取出墨盒12。 Furthermore, for other reasons it is not out of ink, such as the application requirements change inks of different ink properties or for different media, the ink cartridge 12 may be removed from the printer frame 38. 重要的是墨盒12在打印系统10中不仅容易接近,而且很容易替换。 Important that the ink container 12 not accessible in the printing system 10, and can be easily replaced. 还有一点也很重要,即让替换的墨盒12与打印机架38组成可靠的机械啮合以及合适地形成必要的各种互相连接,如流体互相连接,空气互相连接和电气互相连接,从而使得打印系统10可靠地工作。 It is also very important that the replacement ink container 12 so that the printer frame 38 composed of a positive mechanical engagement and suitably connected to each other to form the necessary variety, such as fluid interconnect, air interconnect and electrical interconnect so that the printing system 10 work reliably. 本发明是针对能将墨盒12可靠地啮合到打印机架38中的方法和设备,以便确保形成合适的互相连接。 12 of the present invention is capable of reliably engaging the ink container for a method and apparatus to the printer frame 38, so as to ensure a suitable connection to each other. 本发明提供一种有效的啮合系统,并提供有触觉的反馈给使用者指示墨盒12是适当地插入和固定在打印机架38内。 The present invention provides an effective engagement system, and provide tactile feedback to the user indicating the ink container 12 is properly inserted and secured within the printer frame 38.

使墨水溢出和溅出最小化,以便提供墨盒12和打印机10之间可靠的互相连接是重要的。 Spills and splatters the ink is minimized to provide reliable printer cartridge 12 and interconnected between 10 are important. 墨水溢出是令人不愉快的,不仅对打印机的操作者,它必须处理溅射的墨盒12,而且从打印机可靠性标准来看也是不行的。 Ink overflow is unpleasant, not only the operator of the printer, it must sputtering process cartridge 12, and printer reliability is not acceptable standards. 喷墨打印所用的墨水常常包含化学品,如表面活性剂,如果接触打印机部件可以影响这些打印机部件的可靠性。 Ink jet printing ink used frequently contain chemicals such as surfactants, if the contact member may affect the reliability of these printer components printers. 因此,打印机内墨水溢出可以降低打印机部件的可靠性从而降低打印机的可靠性。 Therefore, ink spillage inside the printer can reduce the reliability of printer components thereby reducing the reliability of the printer.

图3和4描述本发明的墨盒12。 FIGS. 3 and 4 of the ink cartridge 12 described in the present invention. 墨盒12包括壳体或外壳24,它包含图1所示的流体储液罐22用于存储墨水19。 Cartridge 12 includes a housing or shell 24, which contains the fluid reservoir 122 shown in FIG. 19 for storing ink. 相对墨盒12插入到打印机架38中的插入方向外壳24有前缘50和后缘52。 Opposite the insertion direction of the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into the housing 38 of the printer frame 24 has a leading edge 50 and trailing edge 52. 前缘50包括空气入口28和流体出口30,一旦墨盒12合适地插入到打印机架38中时,他们的构形各自用于连接空气泵16和打印头14。 The leading edge 50 includes an air inlet 28 and a fluid outlet 30, once the ink container 12 properly inserted into the printer frame 38, they are each configured for connection to the air pump 16 and the print head 14. 空气入口28和流体出口30将相对图8进行详细的讨论。 Air inlet 28 and fluid outlet 30 will be discussed relative to FIG. 8 in detail. 一组电触点54放置在前缘50上,用于提供墨盒12和打印机控制电子设备32之间的电气连接。 A set of electrical contacts 54 disposed on the leading edge 50 for providing ink container 12 and printer control electronics 32 between the electrical connector. 在一个优选的实施方案中一组电气触点54包括第一组电气互相连接点与信息存储装置34互相电气连接,和第2组电气互相连接点与图1所示的墨水体积传感器36互相电气连接。 In a preferred embodiment, a set of electrical contacts 54 includes a first set of electrical connections 34 and electrically interconnected to the information storage device connected to each other, and the second group are electrically connected to each other and the volume of ink sensor shown in FIG. 1 electrically interconnected to a point 36 connection. 在优选的实施方案中信息存储装置34是半导体存储器和墨水体积传感装置36是感应传感装置。 In a preferred embodiment the information storage device 34 is a semiconductor memory and the ink volume sensing device 36 is an inductive sensing device.

墨盒12包括一个或几个锁定和引导部件58和60,放置朝向墨盒12的前缘50。 Cartridge 12 includes one or more locking member 58 and the guide 60 and placed toward the front edge 5012 of the ink cartridge. 锁定和引导部件58和60与打印机架38上相应的锁定和引导部件一起工作,以便在墨盒12插入到打印机架38中时帮助对齐和引导墨盒12。 The locking member 58 and the guide 60 and the printer frame and the respective locking member and the guide 38 to work together to help align and guide the inserted cartridge 38 12:00 cartridge 12 in the printer frame. 锁定和引导部件58和60除了提供引导作用外,还提供锁定作用,以便保证只有合适的墨水参数如合适的颜色和墨水类型的墨盒12被插入到打印机架38的给定槽中。 And the locking member 58 and the guide 60 in addition to providing a guiding role, but also provide a locking action to ensure that only proper ink parameters such as proper color and ink type of the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into the printer frame 38 of a given slot. 1995年12月4日申请的共同待审的专利申请系列号08/566,521,转让给本发明的受让人题目为“墨水供应盒用的锁定系统”中详细讨论了锁定和引导部件,插入这里作为参考。 Co-pending patent application Serial No. 199,512 filed May 4, 08 / 566,521, assigned to the assignee of the present invention, the subject is "locking system of the ink supply cassette" and discussed in detail in the guide locking member, inserted here Reference.

装设插销部件62朝向墨盒12的后缘52。 Mounting the latch member 62 toward the trailing edge 5212 of the ink cartridge. 是本发明主题的插销部件62与打印机部分相应的插销部件一起工作,以便将墨盒12固定在打印机架38内,从而以可靠的方式构成合适的互相连接,如加压空气、流体和电气。 It is the subject of the present invention, the plug member 62 to work with the printer portion corresponding to the plug member, so that the cartridge 12 is fixed to the printer frame 38 so as to constitute a reliable manner suitable connection to each other, such as pressurized air, electrical and fluid. 插销部件62是模压的柄脚,它相对重力的参考坐标系向下伸展。 Latch member 62 is a molded tang which reference coordinate system relative to gravity down the stretch. 图4所示的墨盒12用于插入到打印机架38中,沿着座标系64的Z轴定位。 FIG cartridge 412 for insertion into the printer frame 38, Z-axis coordinate system 64 is located along. 在这个方向,重力沿着Y轴作用在墨盒12上。 In this direction, the Y-axis gravity acting on the ink container 12.

在墨盒12的后缘52是突缘的外部66,它提供几种作用。 After the edge 52 of the ink cartridge 12 is an external flange 66, which provides several functions. 首先,突缘部分66大于打印机架38内的插入槽,从而防止墨盒12反向插入。 First, the flange portion 66 is larger than the insertion slot within the printer frame 38, the ink cartridge 12 so as to prevent reverse insertion. 此外,突缘部分66为将墨盒12插入到打印机架38中提供抓握的部分。 Further, the flange portion 66 of the cartridge 12 is inserted into the printer portion 38 provides a gripping frame.

图5表示本发明的墨盒12固定在打印机架38内的墨盒接纳站72里。 Figure 5 shows the cartridge 12 of the present invention, in the ink container 38 within the receiving station 72 in the printer frame. 因为除了锁定和引导部件58和60,以及包含在各自流体储液罐中相应的墨水特性外,墨盒12都是一样的,所以对每个墨盒12将用相同的参考数字。 Because in addition to the locking member and the guide 58 and 60, and the corresponding characteristic of the ink contained in the respective fluid reservoir, the ink cartridge 12 is the same, so the same reference numerals will be used for each ink container 12. 墨盒标记70可以放在墨盒接纳站72中每个槽的附近。 Ink container indicia 70 may be placed in the vicinity of the ink container receiving station 72 for each slot. 墨盒标记70可以是色样或文字说明指示墨水的颜色,以便帮助使用者用颜色匹配将墨盒12插入到墨盒接纳站72的合适槽中。 Ink container indicia 70 may be a color swatch or text indicating ink color to assist the user in color matching with the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into an appropriate groove 72 of the ink container receiving station. 如前面所讨论的那样,在图3和4中表示的锁定和引导部件58和60防止墨盒被安装到错误的槽中。 As previously discussed, the locking member 58 and the guide 60 to prevent the wrong slot and is mounted to the cartridge shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. 墨盒安装到错误的槽中会造成不适当的颜色混合或不同类型墨水的混合,每种都会造成很差的打印质量。 Ink cartridge is mounted to wrong slot can cause improper color mixing or the mixing of different types of ink, each will cause poor print quality.

在墨盒接纳站中每个接纳槽包括相应的锁定和引导槽74和凹形的插销部分76。 In each of the ink container receiving station includes a receiving groove corresponding locking pin and the guide groove 74 and the concave portion 76. 引导槽74与锁定和引导部件58和60合作,以便引导墨盒12进入到墨盒接纳站72中。 The guide groove 74 and the locking member 58 and the guide 60 cooperate to guide the ink container 12 into the ink container receiving station 72. 与相应的锁定和引导部件60相连的锁定和引导槽74显示在图5中,与墨盒12上相应锁定和引导部件58相连的锁定和引导槽没有显示。 With the corresponding locking member and the guide 60 connected to the locking groove 74 and the guide shown in FIG. 5, the cartridge 12 and the respective locking member and the guide 58 connected to the locking groove and the guide is not displayed. 插销部件76的构形用于与墨盒12上相应的插销部件62啮合,将相对图6、8和9进行详细的讨论。 Latch member 76 is configured for the corresponding latch member 62 engages the cartridge 12, will be discussed in detail relative to FIGS. 6, 8 and 9.

图6表示在墨盒接纳站72内单个墨盒接纳槽的横剖面。 6 shows a cross section of a single ink container receiving slot 72 within the ink container receiving station. 墨盒接纳槽包括互相连接部分,用于与墨盒12互相连接。 Cartridge receiving slots each comprising a connecting portion for interconnecting with the ink container 12. 在优选的实施方案中这些互相连接部分包括流体入口80,和空气出口82以及电气互相连接部分84。 In a preferred embodiment these interconnect portions include a fluid inlet 80, and the air outlet 82 and an electrical interconnect portion 84. 每个互相连接处80、82、84都定位在铰接的互相连接部86上,它是沿着Z轴偏置朝向安装好的墨盒12。 Each connector 80, 82 are positioned to each other at the interconnecting portion 86 in a hinge, which is mounted toward the cartridge 12 along the Z-axis offset.

与墨盒接纳站相连的流体入口80和空气出口82的构形都是用于与墨盒12上各自相应的流体出口30和空气入口28相连接。 In fluid communication with the ink container receiving station 80 is connected to the inlet and the air outlet 82 are configured for 28 connected with the fluid outlet 12 of the respective cartridge 30 and the air inlet. 电气连接处84的构形是用于与墨盒12上一组电触点54相啮合。 Electrical connections 84 are configured for engagement with a set of electrical contacts 12 on the ink container 54.

在与墨盒12相连的锁定和引导部件58和60同与墨盒接纳站72相连的相应的锁定和引导部件74之间互相作用,在插入时它们这样引导墨盒12,使得在墨盒12和打印机架38之间完成合适的互相连接。 58 and 60 in the same ink cartridge with the ink container 12 and connected to the locking member and the guide receiving station 72 connected to the corresponding locking and guiding interaction between the member 74, so that upon insertion they guide the ink container 12, so that the ink container 12 and the printer frame 38 suitable interconnections between completion. 此外,与墨盒接纳站72中每个槽相连的侧壁与墨盒12外壳24的相应侧壁啮合,以便在操作过程中帮助引导和对齐墨盒12到墨盒接纳站72中。 Further, the side walls and the ink cartridge 72 is connected to each of the stations with the ink container receiving slot 12 engaging the respective side walls of the housing 24 to help guide and align the print cartridge 12 to the ink container receiving station 72 during operation.

图7说明与墨盒12相连的优选的流体出口30和空气入口28和与墨盒接纳站72相连的相应的流体入口80和空气出口82的进一步细节。 7 illustrates the ink cartridge 12 is preferably connected to a fluid outlet 30 and air inlet 28 and the respective fluid connection with the ink receiving station 80 and 72 further details of the air inlet port (82).

在这个优选的实施方案中,与墨盒接纳站72相连的流体入口80包括壳体90和向外伸展的针92,针有闭合的圆头的上端,一端不通的中心孔(未表示)和侧向孔94。 In this preferred embodiment, fluidly connected with the ink container receiving station 72 includes a needle 92 inlet 80 housing 90 and outwardly extending needle has a closed upper end of the round, of blind central bore (not shown) and a side the hole 94. 一端不通的中心孔与侧向孔94流体相通。 Fluid center 94 of blind bore holes communicating laterally. 针92与侧向孔94相对的一端与流体导管20相连,用于向图1表示的打印头16供应墨水。 Needle 92 with the lateral hole 94 and the opposite end connected to the fluid conduit 20, for the printing head in the ink supply 116 of FIG. 可滑动的套圈96包围针92并由弹簧98偏压向上。 Slidable collar 96 surrounds the needle 92 upwardly biased by a spring 98. 可滑动的套圈96有依从的密封部分,其上表面暴露而其内表面直接与针92接触。 Slidable collar 96 has a compliant sealing portion, which is exposed on the surface and the inner surface 92 in direct contact with the needle.

在墨盒接触站72上的空气出口82与流体入口相似。 An air outlet in the ink container 82 is similar to the station 72 the contact with the fluid inlet. 在墨盒接纳站72上的空气出口82包括壳体100和向外伸展的针102,针有闭合的圆头的上端,一端不通的中心孔(未表示)和侧向孔104。 An air outlet 72 on the ink container receiving station 82 includes a housing 100 and outwardly extending needle 102, the needle has a closed upper end of the round, of blind central bore (not shown) and a lateral hole 104. 一端不通的中心孔与侧向孔104流体相通。 Of blind central bore 104 in fluid communication with the lateral bore. 针102与侧向孔104相对的一端与空气导管18连接,用来向图1表示的墨盒12供应加压空气。 Needle 102 opposite the lateral hole 104 is connected to one end of an air duct 18, for showing the ink cartridge to the pressurized air supply 112 of FIG. 可滑动的套圈106包围针102并由弹簧108偏压向上。 Slidable collar 106 surrounds the needle 102 108 by a spring biased upwardly. 可滑动的套圈106有跟随的密封部分,其上表面暴露而其内表面直接与针102接触。 Slidable collar 106 follows the sealing portion, which is exposed on the surface of its inner surface in contact with the needle 102 directly. 另一种是,因为在空气的界面不需要流体密封,可以取消滑动套圈106和弹簧108。 Another is that since the air interface does not require fluid tight, slidable collar 106 can be eliminated and the spring 108.

在这个优选实施方案中,与墨盒12相连的流体出口30包括中空圆筒形的凸台110,它从墨盒机架112向外伸展。 In this preferred embodiment, the fluid outlet 12 connected to the ink cartridge 30 comprises a hollow cylindrical projection 110 which extends outwardly from the cartridge rack 112. 凸台110朝向机架112的一端开口进入到导管114中,该导管与墨水储液罐22流体相通,可向流体出30供应流体。 One end of the boss 110 toward the chassis 112 open into a conduit 114, the conduit in fluid communication with the ink reservoir 22, 30 may be a supply fluid to the fluid. 在凸台110中定位弹簧116和密封球118,通过形状合适的隔膜板120和翻边的盖122将它们保持在位置上。 Positioning spring 116 and sealing ball 110 in the boss 118, the flange 120 and the cap 122 of a suitable shape of the diaphragm will hold them in position. 弹簧116将密封球118偏压在隔膜板120上,从而形成流体密封。 The spring 116 biases the sealing ball 118 on the diaphragm plate 120 to form a fluid seal.

在该优选的实施方案中,与墨盒12相连的空气入口28与流体出口30相似,除了取消由弹簧116和密封球118组成的附加密封之外。 In the preferred embodiment, the cartridge 12 is connected to the air inlet and the fluid outlet 28 similar to 30, except that additional sealing canceled by the spring 116 and sealing ball 118 composed outside. 与墨盒12相连的空气入口28包括中空的圆筒形凸台124,它从墨盒机架112向外伸展。 And an air inlet 28 connected to the ink cartridge 12 comprises a hollow cylindrical boss 124, which extends outwardly from the cartridge rack 112. 凸台124朝向机器112的一端开口到导管126中,该导管连通到外壳24和流体储液罐22外部之间的区域,用于加压流体储液罐22。 One end of the boss 124 toward the opening of the machine 112 in conduit 126, the conduit communicating into the area between outer housing 24 and a fluid reservoir 22, a pressurized fluid reservoir 22. 形状适合的隔膜板128和翻边的盖130组成密封。 Suitable shape of the diaphragm 128 and the flange 130. The seal of the lid.

现在相对图8A、8B、8C和8D讨论将墨盒12插入到墨盒接纳站72。 Now to FIG relative 8A, 8B, 8C and 8D will be discussed in the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 72. 如图7A中所示墨盒12是沿着坐标系64中相应Z轴的插入方向插入的。 7A cartridge shown in FIG. 12 is inserted along the insertion direction of the coordinate system 64 corresponding to the Z-axis. 在插入过程中与墨盒12相连的引导和锁定部件58和60同与墨盒接纳站72相连的引导和锁定部件74一起引导和对齐合适的墨盒12进入到墨盒接纳站中。 During insertion of the ink cartridge 12 is connected to the locking member 58 and the guide 60 and is connected with the ink container receiving station 72 guide and the locking member 74 and aligned with the guide ink container 12 into the proper ink container receiving station.

如图8B中所示,与墨盒12相连的锁定和引导部件58和60同与墨盒接纳站72相连的锁定和引导部件74一起对齐和引导墨盒12,从而使流体出口30和空气入口中28各自与墨盒接纳站72相应的流体入口82和空气出口80啮合。 Shown in Figure 8B, the ink cartridge 12 is locked with the guide member 58 and connected with the ink container 60 and receiving station 72 is connected to the locking member and the guide 74 and the guide is aligned with the cartridge 12, such that the fluid outlet 30 and air inlet 28 each corresponding fluid inlet 72 and the ink container receiving station 82 and the air outlet 80 to engage.

当墨盒12插入到墨盒接纳站72中时,通过锁定和引导部件58、60和74,翻边的帽122和130分别被引导入壳体90和100的内孔中。 When the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 72, and the guide member by the locking 58, 60 and 74, the cap 122 and the flange 130 are guided into the housing 90 and the inner bore 100. 当墨盒12进一步插入时,通过前缘或翻边的帽122和130,以及各自壳体90和100的内孔确定墨盒12在墨盒接纳站72内的对齐。 When the ink cartridge 12 is further inserted, the leading edge or by the cap 122 and the flange 130, and inner housing 90 and each hole 12 aligned with the ink container 100 is determined in the receiving station 72 in the ink cartridge. 将墨盒12推向内或侧向,沿着坐标系64的Z轴,进入到接纳站72中,翻边的帽122和130各自与密封部件96和106啮合,压缩弹簧98和108。 The ink cartridge 12 into or laterally along the Z-axis coordinate system 64, into the receiving station 72, the cap 122 and the flange 130 and the sealing member 96 and each engaging 106, 108 and the compression spring 98.

在墨盒12插入到墨盒接纳站72中时,向外伸展的针92和102分别刺穿墨盒12的流体出口30和空气入口28各自的隔膜板120和128。 In the ink cartridge 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 72, the outwardly extending needles 92 and 102 pierce the ink container fluid outlet 30 and the air inlet 28 of each diaphragm plate 120 and 128 12. 当针92刺穿流体出口30的隔膜板120,移动密封球118,建立起从墨水储液罐22到针92的侧向孔94,经过一端不通的中心孔流入到打印头16的流体导管20的流体流程。 When the needle 92 piercing the fluid outlet 120 of the separator plate 30, moving the sealing ball 118, 94 to establish, through the central bore of blind hole flows from the ink reservoir 22 to the side of the needle 92 to the fluid conduit 20 of the printhead 16 the fluid flow. 类似地当针102刺穿空气入口28的隔膜板128,建立起空气泵16到墨盒外壳24和墨水储液罐之间区域的空气流程。 Similarly, when the needle 102 pierce the diaphragm 28 to the air inlet 128, the air pump 16 to establish an air flow between the region 24 and the cartridge case of the ink reservoir.

一旦墨盒12插入到墨盒接纳站72,使得墨盒12上的插销部件62移动通过与墨盒接纳站72相连的插销部件76,如图8C所示,墨盒12沿着Y轴下落。 Once the cartridge 12 is inserted into the ink container receiving station 72, so that the ink cartridge 12 of the latch member 62 moves with the ink container receiving station 72 by the latch member 76 is connected, as shown, the ink cartridge 12 along the Y axis falling 8C. 当墨盒12下落时,弹簧98和108在插入方向的反方向偏压墨盒12进入锁定位置,使得墨盒12上的锁定部件(即啮合部件)62与同接纳站72相连的锁定部件(即啮合部件)76啮合,如图8D所示。 When the ink cartridge 12 drops, the biasing spring 98 and the ink container 108 in a direction opposite the insertion direction 12 into the locking position, so that the ink cartridge locking member 12 (i.e., the engaging member) 62 with the locking member 72 coupled to the receiving station (i.e., the engaging member ) 76 engagement, shown in Figure 8D. 此外,浮动的互相连接部分86沿着Z轴与插入方向相反被弹簧偏压。 In addition, the floating interconnect portion 86 along the Z-axis opposite the insertion direction is spring-biased. 因此这个弹簧力与弹簧98和108一起偏压墨盒12,使得啮合部件62和76啮合。 Thus the spring force of the spring 98 and 108 bias the ink container 12 together, so that the engaging means 62 and 76.

插销部件是部分切除表示的,以便更清楚地表示啮合部件62和76的啮合。 The latch member is shown partially cut away to more clearly show the engagement of the engaging members 62 and 76. 一旦进入到锁定位置墨盒12是牢牢地固定在墨盒接纳站72中。 Once the ink container 12 into the locking position is firmly secured in the ink container receiving station 72. 在这个锁定位置,建立起流体出口30和流体入口82之间的流体连通以及空气出口80和空气入口28之间的连通。 In this locked position, the fluid outlet 30 and establish fluid communication between the fluid inlet 82 and an air outlet 80 and the air communication between the inlet 28. 此外,在锁定位置在与墨盒12相连的一组电气触点54和与墨盒接纳站72相连的电气接头84之间建立起电气连接。 Further, in the locked position to establish electrical connection between the receiving stations connected to the electrical connector 84 is connected to a set 72 of electrical contacts 54 and 12 connected to the ink cartridge and a cartridge.

图9A、9B、9C和9D说明从打印机架38卸下墨盒12。 FIG 9A, 9B, 9C and 9D illustrate remove the cartridge 12 from the printer frame 38. 图9A表示墨盒在墨盒接纳站72内的锁定位置。 9A shows the ink container receiving station 72 in a locked position within the cartridge. 在由圆形凹陷处表记的墨盒12后缘52的上部136处加力松开墨盒12。 Notation circular recess 12 of the ink container rear edge 52 of the upper portion 136 urging the ink container 12 in the release. 沿着插入的方向加上这力,迫使墨盒12向上,压缩弹簧98和108,移动啮合部件62向内,并离开啮合件76。 This plus the force in the direction of insertion, forces the cartridge 12 upwardly, the compression springs 98 and 108, the engaging member 62 moves inwardly and away from the engagement member 76. 因为在上部136所加的力产生不平衡的力矩,结果引起墨盒12的后缘52向上提升,如图9B所示。 Because unbalance moment is generated in the upper portion of the applied force 136, due to the results of the ink cartridge 12 is lifted upwardly edge 52, shown in Figure 9B. 当加到后缘上部136的力去掉时,由弹簧98和108所加的力倾向于迫使墨盒12沿与插入方向相反的方向向外,如图9C所示。 When the upper edge of the applied force is removed 136, 108 by the spring 98 and applied force tends cartridge 12 along a direction opposite to the insertion direction forced outwardly, as shown in Figure 9C. 当墨盒12被迫从墨盒接纳站72向外时,啮合部件62向上运动跨过啮合部件76,从而允许从墨盒接纳站72取出墨盒12,如图9D所示。 When the ink cartridge 12 from the receiving station 72 are forced outwardly, the engaging member 62 engaged across the upward movement of the member 76, thereby allowing the receiving station 72 remove the ink from the ink container 12, shown in Figure 9D.

用来固定本发明墨盒12的方法和设备提供了一种将墨盒12固定到墨盒72内的可靠技术。 Method and apparatus for securing the ink container 12 of the present invention to provide a reliable technique for the cartridge 12 to the cartridge 72. 这个技术将墨盒固定,使得墨盒12和打印机部分之间形成可靠的互相连接,如流体,空气和电气的互相连接。 This technique cartridge holder, so that the cartridge and the printer portion 12 to form a reliable interconnection between, such as fluid, air and electrical interconnects. 本发明的技术让使用者很快和很容易完成墨盒的插入和卸下动作。 Technical present invention allows users to quickly and easily accomplished by inserting and removing operation of the ink cartridge.

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1.一种打印系统(10)包括:具有偏置机构(98、108)和相应的啮合部件(76)的打印机架(38),啮合部件(76)凹入所述打印机架(38)的一个壁内;以及可容纳于打印机架中并向其供应墨水(19)的可替换之墨盒(12),该可替换墨盒包括:具有一个前缘(50)和相对的后缘(52)的外壳(24),所说的前缘定义为可替换墨盒沿一个第一方向插入到打印机架时首先由该打印机架接纳的外壳边缘;设置在前缘上的流体出口(30),该流体出口当可替换墨盒完全插入打印机架时与打印机架相应的流体入口连接;以及从靠近后缘的外壳(24)的外表面向外伸出的啮合部件(62),当可替换墨盒完全插入打印机架时,所述啮合部件被容纳在凹入于打印机架的所述壁内的相应啮合部件(76)中,所述打印机架的偏置机构在与所述第一方向相反的第二方向加一个偏压于所述的可替换墨盒时,所述的啮合部件与 A printing system (10) comprising: (38), having a printer frame member engaging the biasing means (98, 108) and a corresponding engaging member (76) (76) recessed into the printer frame (38) an inner wall; and a rack housed in the printer and the replaceable ink container which supplies ink (19) (12), the replaceable ink container comprising: a having a leading edge (50) and an opposite trailing edge (52) a housing (24), said leading edge is inserted into the printer frame is defined as a replaceable cartridge in a first direction, a first frame is received by the printer housing edge; a fluid outlet (30) on the leading edge, the fluid outlet when the engaging member and a facing (62) extending outwardly from the outer surface of the housing (24) near the trailing edge, when the replaceable ink container holder is fully inserted into the printer; replaceable cartridge when fully inserted into the printer frame connected to the respective fluid inlets printer frame said engagement member engaging member is accommodated within the recessed corresponding to the printer frame of the wall (76), the biasing mechanism of the printer frame plus a bias in a second direction opposite the first direction when the pressure on the replaceable ink container, said engaging member 应的啮合部件顶着偏压的接合,可将所述的可替换墨盒固定于打印机架内,以保持上述的流体出口与相应的流体入口相接合。 The engaging member to be engaged against the bias may be a replaceable ink container is fixed to the printer frame, holding the fluid to a respective fluid inlet and outlet engagement.
2.如权利要求1所述的打印系统(10),其特征在于:所述打印机架(38)的相应啮合部件(76)限定了一钩件(76),该钩件当可替换墨盒(12)完全插入打印机架时与该墨盒的啮合部件接合。 2. The printing system according to claim 1 (10), characterized in that: said printer frame (38) of the corresponding engagement member (76) defining a hook member (76), the hook member when the replaceable ink container ( 12) engaged with the engaging member when the ink cartridge is fully inserted into the printer frame.
3.如权利要求1所述的打印系统(10),其特征在于:所述打印机架(38)的相应啮合部件(76)被限定在打印机架的所述壁的一个凹坑内,该凹坑的尺寸可以紧密地容纳至少该啮合部件(62)的一部分。 The pit of the printer frame (38) of the corresponding engagement member (76) is defined within a wall of the printer frame pit of: printing system as claimed in claim 1 (10), characterized in that It may be sized to closely receive at least a portion of the engaging member (62).
4.一种将墨盒(12)插入到一打印设备(10)中的方法,包括下列步骤:沿插入方向将一墨盒(12)插入到打印设备的打印机架(38)中,使墨盒啮合并压缩偏压装置(98、108),该偏压装置施加一个将墨盒推向插入方向的反方向的偏压,墨盒被插入到打印机架足够深,使得靠近该墨盒的后缘(52)的啮合部件(62)越过该打印机架的相应啮合部件(76);让墨盒相对打印机架移动,使所述的墨盒啮合部件与该打印机架的相应啮合部件对齐;以及通过偏压装置的偏压让墨盒朝插入方向的反方向移动,以便使墨盒的啮合部件与打印机架的相应啮合部件相接合,从而将墨盒固定到打印设备上。 4. A cartridge (12) is inserted into a printing apparatus (10), comprising the steps of: a cartridge in the insertion direction (12) is inserted into the printer frame (38) in a printing apparatus, the ink container engagement and compress the biasing means (98, 108), the biasing means applying a bias toward the cartridge insertion direction reverse direction, the ink cartridge is inserted into the printer frame sufficiently deep so that the engagement and close the rear edge of the cartridge (52) means (62) engaging over the respective member of the printer frame (76); so that the ink container moves relative to the printer frame, so that the engaging member of the cartridge member and engaging a corresponding alignment of the printer frame; and by the bias of the biasing means so that the ink cartridge toward the direction opposite to the insertion direction, so that the respective engaging member and the engaging member of the cartridge holder of the printer is engaged, thereby fixing the ink cartridge to the printing apparatus.
5.如权利要求4的方法,其特征在于还包括:给啮合部件(62)提供一从墨盒外表面向外延伸的部分;以及在打印机架(76)的一壁上加工出凹形的打印机架的相应啮合部件(76)。 5. A method as claimed in claim 4, characterized by further comprising: means for engaging (62) providing a cartridge from the outer surface of the outer portion extends; and a concave printer frame processed in the printer frame (76) of a wall the corresponding engagement member (76).
6.一种具有一打印头(14)配放墨水(19)和一可替换的墨盒(12)给打印头供应墨水的打印系统(10),该打印系统包括:一可替换的墨盒(12),包括:具有一个前缘(50)和相对的后缘(52)的外壳(24),所述的前缘定义为可替换墨盒沿一个第一方向插入到打印系统的打印设备(38)时首先由该打印设备接纳的外壳边缘;位于该壳体上靠近壳体的后缘的第一啮合部件(62),该第一啮合部件从所述壳体的外表面向外伸展;以及连接到打印头的打印设备,该打印设备包括:凹入所述打印设备的一壁内的第二啮合部件(76),当可替换的墨盒完全插入打印设备中时,该第一啮合部件可由第二啮合部件接纳;以及施加一偏压于可替换的墨盒上的偏置机构(98、108),该偏压的方向为与所述第一方向相反的第二方向,当该可替换的墨盒完全插入到打印设备中时,该偏压引起第一啮合部件与第 A having a print head (14) dispensing ink (19) and the cartridge (12) is a replaceable ink supply to the printhead of a printing system (10), the printing system comprising: a replaceable cartridge (12 ), comprising: a having a leading edge (50) and the housing (24) opposite the rear edge (52), said leading edge is defined as the replaceable ink container is inserted in a first direction into a printing apparatus the printing system (38) first by the printing apparatus receiving the edge of a housing; a first engagement member (62) is located near the rear edge of the housing on the housing, the first engagement member from the outer surface of the housing extending outwardly; as well as to printhead printing apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising: a second engaging member (76) recessed within a wall of the printing apparatus, when the cartridge is fully inserted into the replaceable printing apparatus, the first engaging member by the second receiving the engaging member; and applying a biasing mechanism (98, 108) on the cartridge in a biased Alternatively, the direction of the bias of the second direction opposite the first direction, when the ink cartridge is completely replaceable when inserted into the printing apparatus, the biasing member causes the first and the second engagement 啮合部件接合,从而将可替换的墨盒固定在打印设备中。 Engaging the engagement member so as to be replaceable cartridge holder in the printing apparatus.
7.如权利要求6的打印系统(10),其特征在于还包括设置在墨盒(2)的外壳(24)上的流体出口(30)和打印设备(38)上的流体入口(80),其中第一和第二啮合部件(62、76)的接合引起流体出口与流体入口的连通,从而使流体(19)从可替换的墨盒流至打印头(14)中。 7. A printing system as claimed in claim 6 (10), characterized by further comprising a fluid outlet on the housing (24) (30) and a printing device (38) on a fluid inlet (80) provided on the ink cartridge (2), wherein engagement of the first and second engagement member (62,76) causes the fluid outlet in communication with the fluid inlet so that the fluid (19) flow to the print head (14) from a replaceable ink cartridge.
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